The term "international students" is used at Fuller to denote both internationals who come on visas to study at Fuller as well as those who are legal permanent residents of the United States. Fuller Seminary is authorized by SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)to issue visa documents for the F-1 (I-20) Student visa and the J-1 (DS-2019) Exchange Visitor student visa.
International students who require either an I-20 or a DS-2019 form to apply for a student visa must be accepted for admission to Fuller and must meet the requirements of a financial guarantee for themselves and all dependents who will accompany them to the United States. The financial guarantee must be from the source(s) that will actually provide the funds for study and living expenses. This can be done by (a) showing that they are sponsored by a responsible Christian organization which will commit itself to guarantee the necessary support and round-trip transportation for the student and his or her dependents (if they are to accompany the student to the seminary), or (b) demonstrating by a letter from a bank or savings institution that the student has on deposit sufficient funds to cover tuition, other school fees, living expenses for the student and family, and round-trip airfare, or (c) providing the same proof from other individuals or organizations who wish to contribute to the student's support that there are sufficient funds available to cover their financial commitment. If the dependents are remaining in their home country, the seminary strongly recommends that appropriate financial arrangements be made to care for them during the entire time the student is away, in addition to the student's expenses in the United States.
International applicants should submit their applications at least six months prior to the quarter in which they intend to enroll. The application file should be completed (including transcripts, financial guarantees, etc.) at least 90 days before the planned date of arrival in order to allow time for the student to receive the visa application papers. International applicants are required to submit official documentation of all postsecondary (college level) education.
Appropriate visa application forms (I-20 or DS-2019) will be sent to the student upon admission to the Seminary and receipt of an acceptable financial guarantee. The student may be required to deposit in advance a portion of the financial guarantee with the seminary to ensure that sufficient funds are available for initial housing and registration expenses upon the student's arrival in the United States. Questions regarding visas should be addressed to the International Student Services Office, by phone at 626-584-5396, by fax at 626-796-4185, or by mail.
International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to maintain valid immigration status (including, but not limited to, full-time enrollment) throughout their stay at Fuller in order to remain in good standing with the seminary. These visas are only available for study at the seminaryís Pasadena campus.
English Language Requirements
The latest information on English language requirements for admission to programs at Fuller may be found on the Fuller website at http://www.fuller.edu/admissions/apply/english-language-req.aspx.